Workers' Compensation Educational Sessions

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W1: Integrated Absence Management: Promoting Productive and Healthier Workplaces
The definition of absence management can vary from one employer to the next. Many integrated programs take into account absences from short term disability, long term disability, work absences covered under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA,) workers' compensation and sick leave. Where in the past these individual programs may have been handled by separate departments within the organization, consolidating into one can reduce costs and provide better overall outcomes for both the employer and employees. Successful implementation requires significant management effort and cooperation from employees. In many cases, assistance from an outside professional specializing in absence management is necessary. Despite the path taken, a successful program can lead to a more efficient and productive organization that successfully manages employees' time away from work.

Monday, October 19, 2015 10:15 AM-11:30 AM


Tammy Worthey
Senior Vice President, Managing Director
Sedgwick Claims Management Services, Inc.

Junia McGraw
Program Manager, Absence Management - Human Resources
Arizona Public Service Company

W2: Competition Works, Why Workers’ Compensation Requires Alternatives
There are several cases across the country pending before supreme courts to answer the same question.  Can injured workers’ supplant exclusive remedy for a civil litigation path to secure medical and indemnity benefits?   Do alternatives, such as non-subscriber, in Texas provide the competition needed to improve benefits to injured workers while balancing costs to employers?  This session will explore cases across the country aimed at eroding exclusive remedy and how appropriate alternatives to workers’ compensation can help in fostering innovation and competition benefiting both injured workers and employers. 

Monday, October 19, 2015 1:45 PM-3:00 PM


Chris Mandel, RF, ARM-E
Senior Vice President of Strategic Solutions
Sedgwick Claims Management Services, Inc.

Edward E. Canavan, ARM, AIC
Vice President Workers' Compensation Practice & Compliance
Sedgwick Claims Management Services, Inc.

W3: So Who ARE the “Best” Providers?
This session will examine provider measurement program considerations, including establishing, implementing and maintaining a program over the long term. Learn about the considerations for establishing a measurement program, customer and provider implications in implementing a program, what is involved in maintaining a program over the long term and strategies on evaluating the results of a provider management program.

Monday, October 19, 2015 3:15 PM-4:30 PM


Bruce Singleton
Senior Vice President, Network Development Strategy
MultiPlan, Inc.

James M. Harvey
Senior Vice President, Managed Care Products & Products Development
Sedgwick Claims Management Services, Inc.

W4: Your Mobile Workforce is Driving Up Your Exposure
Distracted driving is emerging as a major cause of work-related vehicle accidents, which will only continue to increase as technology advances and the amount of devices that help us multi-task become more abundant. When an employee is involved in an accident, unique workers’ compensation and liability exposures arise for the employer. This session will explain the various risks related to having a mobile workforce and explore strategies for accident prevention.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015 10:15 AM-11:30 AM


Matt McDonough
Risk Control Manager
Safety National

Michael Fann
Director of Loss Control
Tennessee Municipal League Risk Management Pool

W5: How Medical Red Herrings and Over-diagnosis Drive Poor Outcomes and Big Losses
This session will alert workers’ comp professionals to the problem of medical red-herrings – a unacknowledged powerful cost driver in large loss Workers’ Compensation claims – and provide some suggestions for how to detect and mitigate their impact on claims. Claims often go downhill because of an incorrect diagnosis based on poor science or inaccurate criteria—which is the definition of a medical red herring.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015 1:45 PM – 3:00 PM


Keith Rosenblum, MPH, CPCU, ARM, CSP
Senior Strategist, Workers Compensation Risk Control
Lockton Companies, LLC

David B. Ross, MD
Diplomat, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
Chief Medical Officer, NeuroPAS Global LLC

Jennifer Christian, MD, MPH
Webility Corporation

W6: Understanding the Collateral Conundrum
One of the essential elements of any state’s self-insurance program is their collateral requirements to ensure all claims get paid quickly. However, collateral requirements for employers who retain risk can have significant and potentially unforeseen financial consequences if overlooked or misunderstood. In this session you will learn about the different types of collateral accepted around the country, how frequently collateral is reviewed, what options self-insured employers have to secure collateral and how collateral requirements adjust over time. You will also learn how collateral requirements for large-deductible policies differ from self-insurance collateral requirements and what factors carriers consider in this evaluation.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015 3:15 PM-4:30 PM


Joseph Braun
Credit Risk Underwriting Manager
Safety National

Mark Walls
Vice President Communications & Strategic Analysis
Safety National